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Discover the lowest crime neighborhoods in any city or town, before you buy a home or site a facility. Additionally, discover the types (violent or property) of crimes common to any particular neighborhood. Our exclusive crime data are developed for each neighborhood using our mathematical algorithms and municipal crime statistics from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department.

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What our crime search provides

NeighborhoodScout reveals the safety from crime for every neighborhood in America, and shows you how each neighborhood compares to other neighborhoods nationwide, so you can make good decisions for your family or your company's location needs.

Users can search by overall crime rate, property crime rate, violent crime rate, or crimes per square mile. Users can specify any search area they need - by distance around a city or around a specific address (1 to 75 miles in any direction), by state, or nationwide.

Crime maps are complimented by detailed data. We show both the number of crimes and crime rate per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, and total crime, for each neighborhood. Neighborhood crimes are compared in a graph to the overall crime rate for the city containing the neighborhood, the state crime rate, and the national median for both violent and property crime. We also provide an individual's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime within any neighborhood, and show that comparison to the overall city and the state. Finally, we have calculated the crime density - which is the number of crimes per square mile - for each neighborhood, city, and state, and present this information in a table for ease of comparison.

The crime rates we have developed are based on data and crime statistics from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department. We gather data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in the United States, and use a relational database to associate crime incidences from all of these law enforcement agencies to the specific local communities the agency covers, and hence in which community the crimes have occurred. We then researched and developed mathematical algorithms to statistically estimate the incidences of both violent and property crimes for each neighborhood in America. This project took nearly 6-months to complete. The resultant formulae produce numbers of crimes and crime rates for neighborhoods with upwards of 87% accuracy in most cases. We use a total of twenty different formulas to increase the accuracy of our estimates, and apply them based on city or town characteristics, to produce the best model fit in each case.

About the Crime Data

The data used from these 17,000 local law enforcement agencies are the FBI defined "crime index" crimes. Index crimes are the eight crimes the FBI combines to produce its annual crime index.

The index seeks to overcome differences in individual state statues - that would ignore how the individual is charged - and create a standardized definition of crime classification. This was done through defining serious and non-serious offenses. Part I crimes are comprised of serious felonies and Part II crimes are comprised of non-serious felonies and misdemeanors. Together these two types of classifications make up the crimes reported in the Uniform Crime Reports.

These offenses include willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny over $50, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In order to compare statistical information on a national basis the FBI came up with a common definition for crime comparison.

Crime data reporting from local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Government, and what it means to you

It is important to note that local law enforcement agencies voluntarily report their crime data and incidences to the FBI and U.S. Justice Department. More often than we would expect, the local agency will err in the numbers they report, or possibly withhold information that would reflect less than favorably on their agency, or their community.

Crime rates and tourist areas

Crime rates can appear higher than you think if you have a lot of tourists (non-permanent residents) in your community, because the number of crimes (violent, property, or both) is divided by the permanent population, creating a crime rate per 1,000 residents. If you have a lot of visitors, these people can increase the number of crimes, but do not count in establishing the rate because they don't live there, thus increasing the crime rate score per 1,000 residents. Therefore it is always valuable to look at both the crime rate, and the actual reported or estimated number of crime incidences in the neighborhood or community.

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